With summer finally here, it’s a great time for motorcyclist to bring out their bikes and hit the highways. Motorcycle road trip planning can be a tedious process to determine what is necessary to bring for a fun-filled adventure on the bike. There is a big difference between riding along a highway and traveling hundreds of miles. Without the same amount of space that you have available in your car, it’s important to know what essentials you should bring so you aren’t bogged down as you ride.
Your family at SafeAuto has compiled a list of motorcycle road trip tips to help you be safe and enjoy a fun road trip on the bike:
- Esure your motorcycle insurance is up to date. Before you even pack a bag, make sure that you have your license is valid. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), of the motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents, 29% were riding without valid motorcycle licenses. By double checking the eligibility of your insurance, you’ll not only feel protected as you ride, but you’ll know exactly what type of motorcycle insurance you have.
- Check your bike. After you’ve reviewed your motorcycle insurance information, the next step before getting out on the roadway is to ensure your bike is in 100% working order. Before heading out on a long excursion, make sure your bike has the necessary fluids changed, fuel and electrical systems looked at, as well as your tires checked.
- Make a packing list. As you won’t have as much space on your bike as you would a car, it’s important to know what necessities you should have on you before packing up your bike. Some of those necessities may include; GPS, snacks, water, flashlight, insurance information, a few pairs of clothes, and small toiletry items.
- Practice packing your bike. It’s important to practice where your items will be stored in the bike before you hit the road. For your clothes, a good way to store them properly without taking up too much space is to pack them in zip lock bags. For your safety necessities as well as your toiletries, it’s important to store them in a safe and accessible place on your bike to ensure you can have easy access to them.
- Be cognizant of fatigue. Riding safely is the best way to avoid accidents with other bikes or cars. Driving a car or riding a motorcycle while you’re tired is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. Taking your bike on a long road trip is more tiring then driving a car. Therefore, be conscious of how you are feeling as you are riding. If you are tired, take a break and get some rest.
Road trips can always be fun for this time of year, whether in a car or a motorcycle. However, it’s imperative to take the time to prepare everything that you need before hoping on your bike. We hope these motorcycle road trip tips have been helpful, and as always – enjoy the road ahead!